Reports from the Trenches

By Cindy Puhek

Lessons learned by this active homeschool mother of five - Scriptural, relevant, encouraging, and often funny, too!

Alternative Narratives

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on November 25, 2017
Transporting readers and movie go-ers to different realities and allowing them to look at life from different perspectives has been part of the art of authors and movie makers since the craft began.  Often the insights gained during a…Read

Thankful for Wolves

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on November 04, 2017
I recently viewed a short piece that explained the impact of the reintroduction of wolves at Yellowstone National Park.  The wolves have totally changed the ecosystems there for the better. By providing a predator for the deer, the…Read

More Farmer than Teacher

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on September 02, 2017
I think many of us raised in institutional schooling approach homeschooling with a faulty paradigm.  We picture the role of a teacher as an adult standing in front of a group of children working hard to impart information to them.  In my…Read

Living Vicariously

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on July 20, 2017
The word vicarious is defined as “experiencing in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person.”  I remember hearing the warning not to live vicariously through my children.  I thought this could never happen to me…Read

Launching

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on July 08, 2017
My eldest is about to graduate.  This is the child we decided to homeschool when she was 3-years old.  This is our "experimental child."  And looking back, I think the experiment turned out amazing. My oldest has requested an unusual…Read

Spinning Plates

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on June 17, 2017
When my first 4 children were young, my life was incredibly busy but very simple.  Life revolved around the youngest children's schedules, especially naptime, and we rarely left the house.  But now most of my children are upper…Read

The Joy of Greek

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on May 25, 2017
Greek is a rich, ancient language and the primary language of the New Testament.  As anyone knows who has ever learned a foreign language, much can be lost in translation and this is true with the New Testament as well.  A fuller…Read

Life Lesson from Green Eggs and Ham

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on April 29, 2017
Perseverance is steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.  In our microwave culture of instant gratification, parents must be deliberate in teaching perseverance to their children.  Finding…Read

Selfish Parenting

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on April 08, 2017
It’s amazing what a difference motive makes.  Sometimes the outcomes can be identical, at least at first they seem that way.  I have well disciplined children.  They are trustworthy, obedient, and hard working.  But I’ve felt convicted…Read

The Joys of Reading Aloud

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on March 21, 2017
My family is currently enjoying reading about the exploits of Judas Maccabeus and the persecution of the Jews by Antiochus Epiphanies.   We are transported into this time in history by a good book called Hebrew Heroes by ALOE published…Read